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How to Protect Your Computer From Hackers

As our lives become more online, securing ourselves from hackers becomes more crucial. Hackers are focused on two things: causing chaos and taking money. They steal personal information and use it to make unauthorized charges on your accounts or they could interfere with your business operations by using malware to trigger denial of service attacks or other issues.

There are a myriad of ways to protect yourself from cyberattacks. Most of them require little effort. Start by encrypting information that’s not being transmitted over the internet (that includes employee social security numbers or bank routing digits and other sensitive data). Enable the full-disk encryption software that comes with most operating systems. For Macs, it’s FileVault. on PCs, it’s BitLocker.

Update your software frequently. Update your software programs regularly. Many hackers gain access to computers by using outdated programs. Updates address these weaknesses, making it more difficult for hackers to gain access to your system and steal data.

Install a firewall on all your devices. Firewalls are network system designed to regulate the flow of and outgoing data from your computer. Windows and macOS have built-in firewalls, but it is recommended to employ a third-party application to safeguard mobile devices and home networks.

Check your device’s names and the names of your networks. Avoid using personal identifiers such as your name or phone number. This can give hackers access to your data.

Be cautious when discussing your work with others. Hackers can use even small details like your city or pet’s names to compromise security systems.